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Butzbach Local Training Area, Germany

The Butzbach Local Training Area [LTA] provides realistic training. German history in the 284th BSB footprint is rich. For example, 6,400 year-old evidence of a settlement in the area of the city of Butzbach has been found. It is also well known that some of the "Hessians" who fought for the British during the American Revolution were trained at a castle called Schloss Kaserne near Butzbach. The city of Giessen was first mentioned in 1197 and received township privileges and rights in 1248. Because Giessen was situated on the two main trading routes which led from Italy to the North Sea and from Eastern Europe to France, it soon became an important trading center. In 1607 Giessen established a university that still exists and attracts students from all over the world. The city of Friedberg dates back to 1170. Despite two fires in 1383 and 1447 it was able to rebuild and has preserved its medieval character.



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